If You Are the One－Fei Cheng Wu Rao (simplified Chinese: 非诚勿扰; traditional Chinese: 非誠勿擾; literally “If not sincere then don’t bother”) is a Chinese dating game show hosted by Meng Fei (孟非) and Le Jia (乐嘉). It is produced by Jiangsu Television and taped in Nanjing. It was first broadcasted on January 15, 2010 and currently airs on weekend nights at 21:05 on Jiangsu Satellite TV. The show is based on the Australian game show Taken Out.
It is the most successful TV dating show among many other dating programs aired in China now. So far as I know, currently there are more than ten TV shows of the kind aired at the same time. Slightly different, most of the shows follow the basic procedures : 24 or so single women line up on stage and are presented to a male candidate. The candidate will introduce himself with few clips of video and answer questions from the ladies on stage. During this introduction, the ladies press a button to turn off the light in front of them if they have no interest in the guy. After 3 rounds of interaction, if there’s still girls keep the light on for the candidate and he likes one of them, he succeed in the match.
The detailed premise of the show is:
- 24 women will stand in a line, each atop a podium with a light.
- Facing them is a single male who initially secretly chooses one of the twenty four.
- The male uses 2 or 3 video clips to reveal some personal information such as occupation, interests, love history, friends’ opinions etc. After each video clip, each of the women will decide whether he is ‘date-worthy’ or not by keeping the light on or turning off the light.
- If a girl doesn’t like him, she will turn the light off (followed by a sound cue).
- If all 24 lights go off, the male loses.
- If only one light remains on after the male’s introduction, the male may choose to accept the girl as his date or give up. If two or more than two lights remain on, the male needs to turn off some lights and keep two of them on. Then he has the option to invite the two women on stage and ask them questions. In this case he can also invite the girl who was selected by him secretly at the beginning even if the girl has turned off her light.
- With three women left, the male will ask another question, after which he will make his final choice. If the girl accepts, they walk towards each other, join hands, and head off the stage for a future date and possible romance.